Agricultural sustainability: An overview and research assessment
AuthorHarold O. Carter
Author AffiliationsHarold O. Carter is Director, Agricultural Issues Center, and Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis.
Hilgardia 43(3):16-18. DOI:10.3733/ca.v043n03p16. May 1989.
Agricultural sustainability has different meanings, depending on the context. But many people share a concern that the current, highly productive agricultural system has become so dependent on agri-chemicals that problems have emerged affecting the environment, food safety, farm-worker safety, and production costs. There are hindrances to change, however, and research on low-energy-input farming is still developing. A broad approach is required, taking into consideration not only the farm production system but also the need to “sustain” society as a whole.
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